| Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 | 12:30 PM | $FREE
Join artist Holly Bass for a special Artist Talk on Saturday, March 26, about her “Root Work” exhibit, on view until April 23. Bring your questions and enjoy the unique opportunity to walk through this personal and powerful installation with the artist as your guide. “Root Work” is a site-specific installation featuring video and photographic works where Bass examines her father’s story of working at an after-school job picking cotton by hand, providing a way into unraveling the complicated roots of an aspect of national identity. The gallery has been transformed by three large-scale house structures holding suspended fabric “screens” where videos are projected of the artist dancing, singing, walking through fields of cotton and speaking with her father about his experiences. Weathered mirrors hang on the wall framing photographs printed onto sheer silk organza that responds to the air currents. A reconstructed cotton plant—pulled up by the roots in Berrien County George and dissected by the artist’s father—and hand-painted signs remain from a performance earlier in the exhibition. Bass, who creates compelling works that challenge and also highlight shared human connections, is a DC-based performance artist, poet, dancer, choreographer, writer, director, arts educator and cultural activist.
The exhibition “Holly Bass: Root Work” was curated by Jarvis DuBois. The Artist Talk event is FREE and open to the public and refreshments will be served.